- an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France, and, at one time, at Tarragona, Spain.
- (lowercase) a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge.
- (lowercase) of the color chartreuse.
Origin of Chartreuse
Examples from the Web for chartreuse
One of them (the dog, not owner) was two-tone, with a chartreuse mane and red ears.China’s Dog-Dyeing Craze: Once Shunned, Pet Pooches Now Embraced
July 8, 2012
At last he condescended to serve the brothers two glasses of Chartreuse.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
"Coffee and chartreuse," he said to the waiter, when we had finished.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
Chartreuse is the unsolved enigma of French compounders of liqueurs.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
"It's the chartreuse that's lacking," commented Caraher, lowering at Annixter.The Octopus
It bulged in the middle, and had a chartreuse rind with heliotrope spots on it.Cum Grano Salis
Gordon Randall Garrett
- either of two liqueurs, green or yellow, made from herbs and flowers
- a colour varying from a clear yellowish-green to a strong greenish-yellow
- (as adjective)a chartreuse dress
Word Origin and History for chartreuse
type of liqueur, 1866, from la Grande-Chartreuse, chief monastery of the Carthusian order, which was founded 11c. and named for the massif de la Chartreuse (Medieval Latin Carthusianus) mountain group in the French Alps, where its first monastery was built. The liqueur recipe dates from early 17c.; the original now marketed as Les Pères Chartreux. The color (1884) is so called from resemblance to the pale apple-green hue of the best type of the liqueur.